Finding Temporary Housing with Federal Per Diem

Per diem (which means “for each day” in Latin) is a daily allowance that U.S. federal employees may claim for reimbursement of lodging, meal, and incidental expenses while traveling. Per diem rates are established by the General Services Administration (GSA) for all destinations within the lower 48 U.S. states. Trying to find housing that fits with your per diem? Here are a handful of tips to keep in mind.

1. Find out your per diem rate.

Before you begin your search for lodging, you need to know exactly how much per diem you’ll be given for your trip so you can find accommodations that fit within that budget. The simplest way to find out your per diem rate is to check out the official GSA website’s Per Diem Rates page. After inputting the fiscal year and destination of your trip, this page will display a breakdown of per diem rates by month — for both lodging and meals & incidentals. Once you know how much money you’re working with, you can begin your search for lodging!

2. Know your temporary lodging options.

There’s a lot of temporary housing options out there! Extended stay hotels and Airbnb rentals are often very popular choices, though they aren’t always the cheapest or safest avenue. Many federal government employees looking for temporary housing instead turn to professionally managed corporate housing accommodations, like TP Corporate Lodging, which provides all the comfort and safety of a real home at a reasonable price point.

3. Don’t mix up per diem rates with “GOV” rates.

Sometimes a hotel might offer a “GOV” rate instead of offering a rate that is in line with GSA’s recommended per diem rate. It’s critical to understand that a GOV rate is different (and sometimes higher) than the federal per diem rate. If the GOV rate is higher than the per diem rate, make sure you get prior approval for the expense before booking to ensure you’re fully reimbursed.

4. Be aware of lodging taxes.

The federal per diem rate for lodging does not factor in a city’s lodging taxes, so make sure that doesn’t catch you by surprise later. According to the GSA, “lodging taxes paid by the federal traveler are reimbursable as a miscellaneous travel expense limited to the taxes on reimbursable lodging costs.”

Are you a federal employee in search of per diem lodging? We offer short-term lodging that is popular with many federal employees using their per diem. Call TP Corporate Lodging today at 800.428.9997.


Where to Stay in Atlanta for Medical Treatment

At TP Corporate, we know how crucial it is for patients and their caretakers to relax and recuperate while undergoing treatment away from home. If you or a loved one is visiting Atlanta for medical treatment, here are a few recommendations for short-term lodging or corporate housing.

Short-term lodging near Atlanta’s “Pill Hill”

If you or a loved one is receiving treatment at Northside Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, or any other facility on Atlanta’s famous “Pill Hill,” you’ll probably want to find lodging within Sandy Springs or Dunwoody.

Our top recommendation for a peaceful, well-appointed apartment in that area is The Bishop, which is only a couple minutes’ drive from the “Pill Hill” hospital cluster. These apartments are also conveniently located at the junction of I-285 and GA-400, and it’s also a 10-minute walk to the Dunwoody Marta Station. To arrange a short-term stay at The Bishop, please give TP Corporate Lodging a call at 800.428.9997.

Short-term lodging near Emory hospitals & clinics

With ten hospitals and hundreds of clinics, Emory Healthcare is the largest health system in Georgia. If you’re visiting Atlanta for treatment at an Emory hospital or clinic, there are many lodging options to choose from. For patients and caretakers looking for temporary lodging near Emory hospital locations in midtown Atlanta, we can recommend several great residential communities, including 77 12th, Sixty 11th, Amli Arts Center, and Ascent Midtown. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 to learn about our competitive rates for short-term stays at these communities.

Short-term lodging near Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

Located on Peachtree Road in south Buckhead, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital is a private, not-for-profit hospital with a solid reputation for outstanding acute care. Our top short-term lodging recommendations for that area is Seventeen West in nearby Atlantic Station and AMLI Piedmont Heights in Lindbergh/Morosgo neighborhood. Both communities offer luxurious accommodations and amenities — so you or your loved one can focus on rest, relaxation, and recovery.

Need additional assistance finding short-term lodging while you or someone in your care undergo medical treatment in Atlanta? We can help. Call TP Corporate Lodging today at 800.428.9997 to learn about all the accommodations we offer in close proximity to major hospitals and healthcare facilities in Atlanta.


Where to Stay While Your Home Is Renovated

Undergoing a home renovation can be both an exciting and highly stressful time. You might be able to “rough it” in your home for a few weeks if you’re just remodeling one or two rooms. However, for a full gut renovation — or if your home is being repaired from an act of nature, etc. — you might need temporary lodging while construction is underway. Here are a few tips on where you might stay while your home is being renovated.

Friends or Family

Sometimes a good friend or relative might have an extra room or two for you and/or your family to stay while renovations take place. The up-side is that this is typically the cheapest option; the downside is that it can be uncomfortable staying in someone else’s home, and for extended stays, it can put a strain on relationships. (Also, some people simply don’t have those kinds of friends or relatives living close by.)

Hotel Stays

Hotels are usually a convenient choice for temporary stays due to renovations, and with the extra amenities and services, you can even treat it like a vacation at a resort. Some hotels are also geared toward extended stays, providing suites with kitchenettes or even full kitchens. There are usually three big challenges to hotel stays:

  1. They are expensive, especially over time;
  2. They can make you uncomfortable and claustrophobic over longer periods; and
  3. They may not have enough availability to accommodate extra-long stays, especially during peak seasons.

Vacation Rentals/Shared Housing Platforms

Another popular option for extended stays these days is to book a furnished home, vacation rental or apartment through platforms like Airbnb and others. These options can provide more of a home-like environment that helps during extended stays, but they can also get expensive over time, and because these units are often hosted by private individuals, the standards of quality can be inconsistent.

Temporary Corporate Housing

A fourth option to consider is to find temporary corporate housing through an agency like TP Corporate Lodging. This option gives you a fully furnished apartment with all the comforts of home, along with access to additional amenities the complex itself may provide — all for a fraction of the cost of most hotel stays. If you need to stay somewhere for several months while your home is renovated, corporate housing is often the most comfortable and affordable option.

If you need temporary lodging in Atlanta or Jacksonville during home renovations, TP Corporate Lodging can help. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 to learn about current availability.


Film Production Housing: Corporate Lodging vs Hotels

Boulevard Bedroom SetProcuring affordable film production housing can be the bane of the producer’s existence. When you need to bring in film crew members in large numbers for a location shoot, the default option is to book them all in hotel rooms, but that can be exceptionally challenging on tight budgets. The good news is that hotels aren’t the only housing option available; you can also satisfy your crew’s housing needs with quality corporate lodging. Let’s look at some of the major differences between corporate lodging vs. hotels to see how they stack up.

Hotels are costly for what they offer.

Corporate lodging gives you more for the money.

With most hotels, the nightly rates are quite high compared to the space. The average hotel room is essentially a room with one or more beds, offered for nightly rates that are multiple times the cost of a rental apartment. In a word, hotels are sharply overpriced. By contrast, a corporate housing partner provides a fully furnished luxury apartment with a fully equipped kitchen, living space and room to relax. The cost: Typically less than a standard hotel room.

Hotels feel like traveling.

Corporate lodging feels like home.

After a few weeks in a stuffy hotel room, your film crew is likely to start showing signs of fatigue. They can be more irritable, less attentive and less productive. With extended stay corporate housing, your crew members have a comfortable place to live during film production — not just a place to sleep. They’ll be better rested, more productive and in better spirits on the set.

Hotels offer luxuries.

Corporate lodging offers convenience.

Many of the amenities offered at hotels are things your crew members don’t really need. They can get their meals on the set; they don’t need a shoe shine because they’re wearing work boots; etc. You pay for all those amenities regardless of whether they are used. Corporate apartments offer conveniences your crew will actually use — like swimming pools, fitness facilities and outdoor grills. Many corporate apartments are also situated near prime shopping and dining areas, so in the rare event of a day off, your crewmates are steps away from all the conveniences they need.

Here in Atlanta, TP Corporate Lodging can arrange for your film production crew to stay in comfortable, fully furnished apartments at surprisingly affordable rates. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 so we can discuss your film production housing needs.


5 Top Furnished Corporate Housing Options in Jacksonville

Jacksonville corporate housing optionsAs the biggest hub for commerce and business in North Florida, Jacksonville has much to offer the extended-stay corporate traveler. TP Corporate Lodging works with some of the best apartment communities in the best neighborhoods to make sure you have access to the best corporate housing options in Jacksonville. Below is a summary of five of our most popular locations.

1. Downtown: The Strand

Located at the river’s edge in downtown Jacksonville, The Strand offers the finest in luxury high-rise living. Each luxury apartment features an open floor plan and all appliances (including washer/dryer), plus an extra-large soaking tub in the master bath for unwinding after a long day. Enjoy a private balcony with amazing views, as well as property perks like a sundeck/swimming pool, fitness center, club room/game room and more. Step outside to the popular St. John’s Riverwalk, or enjoy the fine shops and restaurants nearby!

2. Riverside: Bell Riverside

Located at the door step of the historic Five Points neighborhood, Bell Riverside offers a completely different look at downtown Jacksonville with amazing views of the riverfront and skyline. The well-appointed, open concept apartments feature in-unit washer/dryers, 9-foot ceilings, granite countertops and more! Lounge by the river on the sundeck, swim in the pool, get a great workout at a state-of-the-art fitness studio, or step out and enjoy the Bohemian flavor of Five Points. Bring the dog: this community is pet friendly!

3. Town Center: The Four at Deerwood

Situated in the commercial heart of Jacksonville, The Four at Deerwood combines comfort and convenience with resort-style living. This pet-friendly community features elegantly appointed apartments with plenty of extras like crown molding, front-loading washer/dryers and high-speed Internet. During your down time, relax in one of the cabanas in the courtyard surrounding the saltwater pool, give the dog some exercise at the pup park, watch the game on the large-screen TV in the club room or catch a film in the state-of-the-art screening room. This complex is also minutes from St. John’s Town Center, J’ville’s premier shopping and dining destination.

4. Southside: Cabana Club

For the perfect blend of convenience, comfort and luxury, it’s hard to beat the Cabana Club, a top-shelf community in Jacksonville’s coveted Southside neighborhood. Step into a tropical paradise with lush landscaping (including a waterfall!) enveloping a large pool area with surrounding cabanas. Work out in the fitness center, take a run along the jogging paths or catch a game of tennis, all while having your car detailed at the car care center. Even the dog gets pampered here, with a community dog run and pet spa. Perhaps best of all, Southside is convenient to shopping, dining, the riverwalk and the beaches — just about anything you’d want, only minutes away!

5. Beaches: The Beach House

For the ultimate getaway after a long day at work, head home to The Beach House, a luxury apartment community in Jacksonville Beach! The spacious units in this complex offer features such as gourmet kitchens, washer/dryer and private balconies. Enjoy a swim at the pristine swimming pool, or get your workout on the jogging trail or fitness center. Better yet, take a walk to the beach and clear your mind by the water (after all, isn’t that why you’re here?). With convenience to shopping, dining and other services — and only a short drive from downtown Jacksonville — there’s no reason you can’t enjoy beachside living during your extended stay.

TP Corporate Lodging offers comfortable furnished corporate housing options in these and many other properties throughout Jacksonville, for less than you’d pay for a typical extended stay hotel!


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Why Companies Benefit from Partnering with Corporate Housing Agencies

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As a busy, thriving company, you’ve got a slew of projects happening in various locations across the country. At any given time, you need to send key team members (or perhaps a whole team) to another location to work on a particular project. The expenses involved with moving and housing these employees can be staggering if you house them in hotels, let alone the logistics of food, rental cars, etc. This is just one scenario in which companies like yours can benefit from partnering with housing agencies that specialize in short-term rentals & temporary housing. It’s a great alternative that simplifies the process of temporary or permanent employee relocation, cutting your costs significantly in the process, while providing a wide range of housing options.

Advantages of working with a Corporate Housing Provider

Corporate housing agencies can make your employee transitions much less stressful, and more productive in a number of ways. Here are just a few of the advantages of partnering with an agency to handle this part of your business:

  1. Turnkey solutions

Once your employee housing needs have been established, the agency can handle the details of providing fully-furnished apartments for your team members. No need to spend valuable man-hours scouring the internet looking for corporate apartments or needing to make reservations at multiple hotels with limited vacancies. With one point of contact, you can book accommodations for as many employees as you need. The agency handles it from there.

  1. Better living/working conditions for your team

Extended hotel stays have a tendency of increasing stress, lowering morale and reducing overall productivity. By housing your employees in corporate apartments, you create a “home away from home” environment for them with more comfortable accommodations that allow them to decompress more easily when they are off the clock. In this way, you’re adding value to your team, improving their benefits and enhancing their incentive to do a good job. It’s a win-win situation for all.

  1. Flexibility in planning

Furnished corporate apartments can be reserved for a little as 14 days, or as long as several months, depending on whether the need arises for an extended stay. Staying in a fully furnished apartment allows your employees to remain focused for longer spans of time, if necessary. With business travelers often needing to extend their stay at short notice, having a housing solution that takes this into account reduces the stress of needing to find new accommodation at short notice.

Companies that can benefit from corporate housing partnerships

A partnership with a corporate housing company can be beneficial for organizations in multiple industries. Here are a few examples:

  • Project-based companies across the United States (for example, construction companies, film production companies)
  • Government employees and contractors
  • Insurance companies (corporate housing can be an excellent solution for insurance companies who need temporary shelters for displaced clients
  • Companies in the process of expansion
  • Any other application that requires the temporary relocation of multiple employees

If your company does business in Atlanta or Jacksonville and you need accommodations for employees in these areas, you might greatly benefit from partnering with a local corporate housing agency. To learn more about how we can help, call TP Corporate Lodging today at 800-428-9997.


Choosing the Best Corporate Housing Option in Jacksonville

Jacksonville skylineAs north Florida’s primary commercial and financial center, Jacksonville, Florida serves as a corporate headquarters for some of the world’s most notable banks and corporations. As such, there is a high demand for Jacksonville corporate housing as various business travelers come to the city for extended stays. For these long-term visitors, choosing the best corporate housing option in Jacksonville presents a challenge. What options are available, what are the benefits of each, and most importantly, how does one manage the cost?

Below are a few of the most common options for short-term corporate housing in Jacksonville, each having its own potential benefits and drawbacks.

Standard Hotels

By default, many people look at hotels at a number of different price points when staying in a city other than home. This option is fine for stays of a few days, but once it becomes weeks or months, the costs can really add up. In addition, the standard hotel room frequently lacks in seating and space. While some upscale hotels try to compensate for this detail with a variety of services and amenities, it can still be uncomfortable for extended stays.

Extended Stay Hotels

Specifically designed for travelers planning to stay for a week or longer, extended stay hotels offer a variety of room styles ranging from studios to multi-room suites, frequently offering equipped kitchens or kitchenettes so guests can cook their own food. These hotels range widely in price, but they are still generally quite expensive in comparison to renting an apartment. They also try to accommodate guests with standard hotel amenities, but many corporate travelers don’t use them because they are busy working.

Vacation/Short-term Rentals

Services like AirBnB have gained in popularity in recent years because they allow homeowners to rent out their furnished homes or apartments to visitors as though they were a hotel. In Jacksonville, this option frequently attracts tourists and vacationers, as well as corporate travelers. While this option (when it works properly) can make long-term visitors feel more at home, one main drawback is a lack of accountability that frequently causes the unit to be different or less accommodating than advertised. For example, units might not be kept clean, might not match the photo, and in more extreme casess do not exist at all. Additionally, this option frequently costs about as much as a hotel would.

Corporate Housing

Yet another option for corporate travelers is to stay in designated temporary housing administered by a corporate lodging agency. Many guests find this option highly convenient because they can stay in a fully furnished apartment that feels very much like a home, but for a fraction of the cost of a hotel, and without paying for extra amenities they won’t use. Apartments can be strategically located near the workplace or public transportation, or convenient to amenities like shopping, dining and leisure activities.

While these housing options may appeal to different people for different reasons, many corporate travelers find corporate lodging to be the best corporate housing option in Jacksonville. T.P. Corporate Lodging offers a wide range of fully furnished 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, located in some of Jacksonville’s most popular neighborhoods, for remarkably reasonable rates. For details, call us at 800-428-9997.


The Best Hotel Alternative for Business Travelers

airy roomYou’re traveling to another city on business, and your company needs you to stay on for a few weeks, or even a few months. You can’t bear idea of staying cooped up in a hotel for that length of time, let alone consider the high cost. Extended stay hotels aren’t much better, and finding a furnished place through a marketplace platform like Airbnb can be unpredictable at best. So what is the best hotel alternative for business travelers?

One of the best alternatives is to rent short-term dedicated corporate housing in the form of a fully-furnished apartment, preferably through a service like TP Corporate Lodging. Here are a few reasons why this may be the most advantageous choice.

They feel more like home

Hotels are fine for several days at a time, but even suite hotels and extended stay studios can feel cramped after awhile. Corporate apartments come in 1, 2 or 3-bedroom units, allowing you more living space and the feeling of a “home away from home,” so you are better able to relax and decompress at the end of a long day. There are even pet-friendly accommodations available, which means you don’t need to leave Fido behind.

They’re move-in ready

Corporate housing is fully furnished, and your agency can provide any additional furnishings or amenities you need for your stay. “Fully furnished” doesn’t just mean furniture; it means a welcoming décor, a kitchen fully equipped with appliances, dishes and cooking utensils, a vacuum cleaner, linens — everything you would normally keep around at home. This means you don’t have to make multiple trips to the store when you get there; everything you need is already in the apartment, or it will be provided on request.

You can stay near where you work

Corporate apartments are strategically situated near some of the most popular commercial hubs in town, so it’s easier to get a place to live near where you work, greatly reducing or eliminating your commute. (Of course, if you’re working in a beach town and you don’t want to be near work, you can arrange corporate housing near the resorts, as well.)

You don’t have to pay for what you’re not using

Much of the cost of hotels comes from a wide range of amenities that most guests don’t even use. While it’s great to have room service, a fitness center and a day spa on site, if you don’t avail yourself of these services, why pay for them? With corporate housing, the cost goes toward things you’re actually use.

They’re more affordable overall

Corporate housing is surprisingly affordable — in fact, a fully furnished apartment consistently costs less per month than a hotel or vacation rental. For extended stays, this presents an excellent alternative to paying premium rates for weeks at a hotel.

If your business ventures bring you to Atlanta, Georgia or Jacksonville, Florida, TP Corporate Lodging can set you up in a comfortable, fully-furnished 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment in a strategic location, for a fraction of the cost of a hotel. Give us a try, and we believe you’ll concur that furnished corporate housing is the best hotel alternative for business travelers. For more information, call us today at 800-428-9997.


Why Metro Atlanta relocation experts recommend corporate housing

Atlanta skylineThe TP Corporate Lodging team is thrilled to be featured in KNOWAtlanta, the premier Atlanta relocation guide for corporate executives, families, and individuals making a move to the area.

In the article, “When Hotel and Short-Term Rental Options Abound, Why Choose Corporate Housing?” Tim Miller, president and owner of TP Corporate Lodging, walks through just a few of the benefits of choosing a corporate housing provider over traditional hotel accommodations:

With the rise in popularity of short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and the range of extended-stay hotel options in a city as big as Atlanta, choosing a corporate housing provider may not be on the top of your list when considering your temporary housing options. But while you may be able to score a deal through a private rental provider, there can be drawbacks to not working with an accredited and certified housing provider. And while extended-stay accommodations may fit all your needs in the short term, the prices can quickly skyrocket.

How much do those prices skyrocket, you ask? Take a look at our cost comparison charts to see just how much money your or your corporate sponsor could save by choosing TP Corporate Lodging.

Why settle for a hotel room, when you can have a home?

Furnished temporary housing is convenient not only for relocation, but also for extended project work, medical visits, and insurance-covered displacement.

When you’re ready to start your search for furnished temporary housing in Atlanta or Jacksonville, TP Corporate Lodging can assist you in finding the perfect 1, 2 or 3-bedroom furnished apartment for your unique needs. To learn more about how we can help, call us at 800-428-9997.